In the first robbery, reported around 7:50 p.m. Friday, a 19-year-old man was walking on Panola near Pine Street when he heard a door slam behind him, then felt a gun pressed to his back, according to the initial report. The gunman took the victim’s belongings and left in a green Pontiac Grand Am, the report states.
Shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday, a woman was approached by a group of five people near the intersection of South Claiborne Avenue and First Street, according to the report. A man in the group drew a gun and demanded the woman’s belongings, then the group took her cash and fled, the report states.
Around 8 p.m Saturday, two women in their 20s were working in a store in the 2800 block of Magazine Street (near Washington Avenue) when a man came in with a gun, took cash and one of the employees’ iPhone and then left, the report states.
Around 3:45 a.m. Saturday, a man was sitting in his car, a black Mercedes, in the 1100 block of Camp Street (near the overpass), when he was approached by three men, the report states. One had a gun and they ordered him out of the car, hit him several times, took his wallet and drove off in the vehicle, the report states.
Around 1 p.m. Sunday, a 51-year-old man was indoors painting in the 2500 block of Loyola Avenue (between Second and Third streets) when he was approached by an armed man who demanded his belongings, the report states. The gunman fired a shot, then left with the victim’s cell phone, the report states.
The number of armed robberies in the Uptown area significantly declined in 2013, but all of New Orleans has seen a rash since New Year’s Eve — with 22 armed robberies or carjackings reported across the city in those eight days. Eight of the cases have been Uptown, counting the five this past weekend, plus two on New Year’s Eve and one on New Year’s Day.
Two rapes reported
In other major crimes reported this weekend, two women were raped by men they knew in separate incidents on Friday, police said.
In the 900 block of St. Mary Street, a woman in her 60s was raped by a male acquaintance around 3:40 a.m. Friday, according to the police report.
In the 7800 block of Spruce Street, a woman in her 50s invited a man she knew to her residence, and he raped her there around 9:30 p.m., the police report states.
Anyone with information about any of these incidents is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111.